A man has been warned he could face jail after being caught with more than a day and a half of indecent videos of children.
Alan Wightman was snared by police when they obtained a search warrant and found 944 videos and thousands of images on his computer and other devices.
The 41-year-old appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court over the matter yesterday.
Fiscal depute Alison Reid told the court: “The locus of the offence was the accused’s home address at the time. He lived there with his wife.
“On December 15 2017 a search warrant was executed at the locus.
“At that time his wife was home and he was not there but was later traced at his work place and indicated that the offences were nothing to do with his wife.
“Several pieces of computer equipment were seized and thereafter examined.
“A quantity of indecent images of children were found.”
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Ms Reid said 2,426 images were found in total, 164 of which were the worst category A, 391 category B and 1,871 category C.
A total of 944 videos were also discovered, 485 of which were category A. There were also 239 category B videos and 220 category C.
The total play length of the videos was one day, 18 hours and 48 minutes.
Ms Reid tabled a motion for forfeiture of the computer, which contained all the videos, as well as a laptop and USB sticks.
The offences took place between November 23 2013 and December 15 2017.
Wightman, whose address was given in court papers as Eday Gardens, Aberdeen, pled guilty to taking or permitting to be taken indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, as well as possession of images.
Defence agent Stuart Murray asked for sentence to be deferred for reports and reserved mitigation for the next calling of the case.
Sheriff William Summers agreed to defer for reports until next month, but warned Wightman he could face prison.
He said: “You’ve pled guilty to two very serious charges. One of the things I have to consider is whether or not the only appropriate sentence in your case is a custodial sentence.
“You need to understand, given the gravity of these offences, that there’s a very serious prospect that you will be given a custodial sentence.”
He made him subject to the notification requirements of the sex offenders act in the interim.